Denise Goldberg's blog

Sunday, July 23, 2017

beyond walls

Listening to NPR brings me more than news. On July 13th, a story aired that talked about the Beyond Walls Mural Festival in Lynn, MA. The focus of the 10-day festival: "19 international and local artists will converge on the city's downtown to turn 15 blank, brick walls into towering, outdoor works of public art".

I immediately knew I needed to make at least one trip to Lynn to see the new murals. I chose to visit yesterday while the artists were still at work on their almost completed creations. Some of the art is on walls extending to ground level; some is high above the roofs of surrounding buildings.

The murals were simply amazing!

mural by David Zayas

More photos of the murals can be seen in the gallery beyond walls :: Lynn, MA.

Interestingly enough there was an article in yesterday's Boston Globe titled Artwork highlights Salem neighborhood’s true colors that focused on murals in Salem, MA. I will visit there soon.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Summer warmth encourages flowers. That means it's a very good time to walk in the garden, to see the newly opened (and opening) blooms.

opening soon

Friday, July 21, 2017

quiet waters

A pair of mute swans enjoy the quiet inland waters at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

mute swans

Thursday, July 20, 2017


As I walking in the woods a flash of bright red caught my eye. When I looked closer I saw small red berries adding a bit of brightness to the green leaves.

berries in red

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

dahlia delight

Seeing the first dahlias open each summer is wonderful; it's a good reason for a garden visit.


Monday, July 17, 2017

summer flowers

Echinachea always leaves me with a feeling of summer. I think this flower is a good symbol of the season. Do you agree?


Sunday, July 16, 2017

art & ocean

An ad for an outdoor sculpture exhibit at the Wells Reserve caught my eye a few weeks ago. I haven't visited in a long time; that ad reminded me it was time.

I headed to Wells, Maine last Friday under a cloudy sky, hoping that any rain I encountered would be reasonable for walking with a camera. Luckily before I headed out of the door I grabbed some bug dope; the non-oceanfront part of the reserve was teeming with mosquitoes.

I enjoyed the Power of Place sculptures as I walked to the coast and back again, taking time for a beach walk between the two sections of the exhibit.

If you're interested in seeing the sculptures yourself, the exhibit is scheduled to run through early October.

Of course it's safe, sculpture by John Wilkinson

at Wells Reserve

More photos can be seen in the gallery Wells Reserve :: 2017.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


As I moved to the inland side of Plum Island (during my visit on Tuesday) the light changed. Calm waters shimmered, creating a magical look.

inland waters, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, July 14, 2017


Red clover pops up in many places. This one lives on the inland side of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

It shows a simple beauty.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

bright purple

Globe thistle (Echiops ritro) initially emerges in green. Its response to living in bright sunlight is to morph into a beautiful shade of purple.

I enjoy watching the transition.

globe thistle